Birmingham: terror ‘expert’ apologises
Steven Emerson, a self-styled US ‘terrorism expert’, has issued a grovelling apology after telling Fox News viewers that Birmingham is ‘a totally Muslim’ city ‘where non-Muslims just simply don’t go’.
In truth, according to Wiki‘s entry for Emerson, Birmingham – the second largest city in the UK – has a Muslim population of 22 percent.
Emerson, who once claimed that white extremists don’t use bombs, made the claim during a television discussion about no-go zones in Europe where Muslims are apparently in complete control.
According to this report, he said:
In Britain, it’s not just no-go zones, there are actual cities like Birmingham that are totally Muslim where non-Muslims just simply don’t go in.
Parts of London, there are actually Muslim religious police that actually beat and actually wound seriously anyone who doesn’t dress according to Muslim, religious Muslim attire.
He described Birmingham as one of a number of European cities:
Where sharia courts were set up, where Muslim density is very intense, where the police don’t go in, and where it’s basically a separate country almost, a country within a country.
Emerson is a regular contributor to Fox News and was appearing on Judge Pirro, a show hosted by the failed Republican politician Jeanine Pirro.
Pirro responded to her guest’s claim that the British government doesn’t “exercise any sovereignty” in Birmingham by saying:
You know what it sounds like to me, Steve? It sounds like a caliphate within a particular country.
Disgruntled Brummies took to Twitter to express their disdain for Mr Emerson’s characterisation of their home city. After being contacted by The Telegraph, Emerson released a fulsome apology, saying he:
Clearly made a terrible error for which I am deeply sorry. You may quote me on this as I will be posting this and taking out an ad in a Birmingham paper.
I have clearly made a terrible error for which I am deeply sorry. My comments about Birmingham were totally in error. And I am issuing an apology and correction on my website immediately for having made this comment about the beautiful city of Birmingham.
I do not intend to justify or mitigate my mistake by stating that I had relied on other sources because I should have been much more careful. There was no excuse for making this mistake and I owe an apology to every resident of Birmingham. I am not going to make any excuses. I made an inexcusable error. And I am obligated to openly acknowledge that mistake.
PS. I intend to make a donation to a Birmingham charity.
Hat tip: AgentCormac